The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) Announces New Dressage Tests

The NEW 2020 ADS Dressage Tests are available now, exclusively on the ADS website.

“The ADS has always been committed to supporting the evolution of the sport of carriage driving and the education of our members,” said ADS President Daniel Rosenthal. “We are very proud to introduce a comprehensive set of new dressage tests for the first time in a number of years. As a driver, I look forward to learning and driving these tests and using them in the ongoing training of my Dartmoor Ponies.”

The Judges View Tests are available at: https://americandrivingsociety.org/…/Resourc…/Dressage-Tests. Members have exclusive access to the Drivers View Tests. Please note that the new tests are identified by letters to differentiate them from the old, numbered tests.

These tests were created by the Driven Dressage Committee of The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS). As such they are the copyrighted and propriety work product of the ADS and are exclusively for the private use of ADS Members, by ADS-Recognized Events, or with advance express written approval of the ADS.

Both the NEW lettered tests and the older numbered tests may be used at ADS-Recognized Events through June 30, 2020. Beginning July 1, 2020 ADS-Recognized Events will only offer the NEW lettered Dressage tests.

Join us at the ADS Annual Meeting Weekend at The Grand Oaks on Saturday, December 7 at noon to observe the demonstration of the new tests. Register for the weekend on the ADS website.

The ADS Board and staff extend their gratitude to the Driven Dressage Committee, led by Chair Tracey Morgan, for their tireless work on this project.

Overview of ADS 2020 Dressage Tests for Drivers

Training A- Introductory test for all Classes in the 80m Ring. 100m Ring is suggested for Tandems and Four in Hands but this test may be in at 80m ring if necessary. This test is designed for the novice competitor and does not have a Rein Back movement. All Training level tests have both Working Walk and Walk Stretching the Frame (which is the same walk that has been in ADS Training Level but with a new name).

Training B – For all Classes in the 80m Ring. 100m Ring is suggested for Tandems and Four in Hands but this test may be in at 80m ring if necessary. Movements are similar to Training A with a Rein Back movement added to this test.

Training C- For all Classes in the 80m Ring. 100m Ring is suggested for Tandems and Four in Hands but this test may be in at 80m ring if necessary. Movements include some figures that are slightly more difficult than Training B. Recommended for Championship classes.

Preliminary A- Introductory dressage test for all Classes in the 80m Ring. 100m Ring is suggested for Tandems and Four in Hands but this test may be in at 80m ring if necessary. Preliminary level dressage tests have Lengthened Walk and Lengthened Trot.

Preliminary B - For all Classes in 80m Ring. 100m Ring is suggested for Tandems and Four in Hands but this test may be in at 80m ring if necessary. In addition to Lengthened Walk and Lengthened Trot this Preliminary B test has a movement requiring Driver to have Reins in 1 Hand for a few strides.

Preliminary C – For Single and Pair Divisions only in 80m Ring. In addition to Lengthened Walk, Lengthened Trot and Reins in One Hand for a few strides, this Preliminary C test has a movement requiring Trot Stretching the Frame.
Intermediate A - For all Classes in 80m Ring. 100m Ring is suggested for Tandems and Four in Hands but this test may be in at 80m ring if necessary. Intermediate level dressage tests have Collected Trot, Medium Trot and movements with Reins in One Hand in all tests.

Intermediate B - For Single and Pair Classes only in 80m or 100m Ring. In addition to Collected Trot and Medium Trot this Intermediate B test has a movement requiring Trot Stretching the Frame.

Intermediate C - For Single Class only in 80m or 100m ring. In addition to Collected Trot, Medium Trot and Trot Stretching the Frame this Intermediate C test includes Working Canter movements.

Arena Driving Trials – all ADT tests are for Rings smaller than 40m x 80m

ADT Training A – Introductory test for all Classes. This test is designed for the novice competitor and does not have a Rein Back movement. All Training level tests have both Working Walk and Walk Stretching the Frame (which is the same walk that was previously called Free Walk in ADS Rules).

ADT Training B– For all Classes. Movements are similar to Training A with a Rein Back movement added to this test.

ADT Preliminary A- For all Classes. Preliminary level dressage tests have Lengthened Walk and Lengthened Trot.

ADT Preliminary B – For all Classes. In addition to Lengthened Walk and Lengthened Trot this Preliminary B test has a movement requiring Driver to have Reins in 1 Hand for a few strides.

ADT Intermediate A- For all Classes. Intermediate level dressage tests have Collected Trot and Medium Trot in all tests.

ADT Intermediate B- For Single and Pair Classes. In addition to Collected Trot and Medium Trot this Intermediate B test has a movement requiring Trot Stretching the Frame.

Contact:
Abbie Trexler, ADS Executive Director
abbie@americandrivingsociety.org
530.902.8065

 

 

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